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Mason City Community School District responds to Iowa's rollback on quarantine recommendation

The Iowa Department of Public Health is saying if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you both are wearing masks properly, there's no need for you to take a 14-day quarantine.

Posted: Sep 29, 2020 9:35 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 6:39 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Public Health is now saying if you and the person who has COVID both are wearing masks, you won't have to spend half a month in quarantine.  It's a decision designed to make life easier for our local schools.

"A common frustration that was expressed to me was around the guidelines for quarantining students and teachers who have been in contact with positive cases," said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds in her press conference on Tuesday morning.

It's a policy change one school district is in favor of.

Dave Versteeg, Superintendent of Mason City Community School District said "We believe the new quarantine guidance will reduce the number of students and staff being quarantined for exposure.  With the district beginning to increase its in-person learning on October 5th, today's new guidance reduces the need to be as concerned with social distancing as we would have been with the previous guidance."

Dr. Charity Baker says the move makes sense.

"A lot of students were missing school on account of maybe being exposed to somebody, while they were wearing a mask. I say if the masks work like the scientists say, then everyone needs to stay in school and stay at work," said Dr. Baker.

In her experience working with patients, Dr. Baker says she's been able to stay healthy, thanks to proper protective gear.

"All of our patients are required to wear them and I wear PPE both a mask and a shield at every visit. So, I've had innumerable encounters with people with COVID," she said.

Dr. Baker notes it is important for people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 to still isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the virus.

"It makes sense that we stay home when we're sick. But otherwise we stay at work and we stay at school and we stay productive."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 142311

Reported Deaths: 2472
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Hennepin35484995
Ramsey14726372
Dakota10271139
Anoka9344155
Washington636273
Stearns625550
Scott360436
Olmsted340230
St. Louis325874
Wright273116
Clay252944
Nobles234318
Blue Earth21147
Carver18887
Sherburne183122
Kandiyohi18215
Rice170210
Mower154518
Winona133619
Chisago11562
Crow Wing114322
Benton103311
Lyon10306
Beltrami9618
Otter Tail9508
Waseca94510
Todd8967
Polk8364
Morrison8259
Steele8013
Itasca78817
Douglas7744
Nicollet77118
Freeborn7185
Le Sueur6646
Goodhue65111
Martin62618
Becker6214
McLeod6214
Isanti5995
Watonwan5824
Pine5770
Carlton5092
Chippewa4733
Mille Lacs44918
Hubbard4344
Cass4225
Wabasha4141
Dodge4130
Pipestone36617
Meeker3593
Rock3595
Brown3483
Roseau3300
Redwood29912
Yellow Medicine2986
Murray2973
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Fillmore2770
Renville27213
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Wadena2643
Faribault2520
Houston2381
Unassigned23853
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Jackson2211
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Aitkin1982
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Pope1680
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Wilkin1454
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Lake1330
Mahnomen1292
Grant1054
Red Lake822
Traverse590
Kittson530
Lake of the Woods441
Cook190

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Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 122218

Reported Deaths: 1691
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Polk19732289
Woodbury743799
Linn6038133
Johnson602431
Black Hawk5974102
Dubuque550658
Scott487343
Story411118
Dallas357347
Pottawattamie337845
Sioux254417
Buena Vista230212
Marshall212236
Webster196015
Plymouth172831
Wapello158962
Clinton156228
Muscatine153958
Des Moines151611
Cerro Gordo150227
Crawford138714
Warren13137
Carroll120413
Jasper119734
Henry11245
Marion106811
Lee101312
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Delaware82713
Dickinson7939
Wright7591
Boone7509
Mahaska73824
Bremer7199
Harrison69716
Washington69311
Jackson6853
Benton6482
Lyon5688
Clay5574
Louisa54415
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Cedar5087
Winneshiek5079
Hardin5017
Jones5004
Kossuth4970
Clayton4923
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Hamilton4825
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Iowa4429
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Mitchell2961
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Adams841
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